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What could cause a toilet to keep running?

I have an American Standard toilet I installed last year. I don't know much about plumbing, but I was able to install this toilet. It seems to function okay, except for what I think is a mechanical ...
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Water level gets lower and lower in toilet

The water level in the bowl of our toilet has slowly and steadily gotten lower over the last year or so. I replaced the flapper last year, could changing anything in the tank affect this? Or would ...
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How do I prevent mobile home flexible water lines from freezing?

I have a 2009 mobile home. It has a flexible water feed line going to the toilet that freezes in very cold temps. I have been told these lines won't break if they freeze. They will just expand and ...
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My toilet backed up with no water

I live in an old condo apartment. My toilet just backed up. It backed up several times before and I managed to unclog it every time, but it's nothing like I've seen before this time because I don't ...
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What thickness Styrofoam should be used to insulate a toilet tank?

So, based on my question here, I like the idea of insulating the inside of the toilet using Styrofoam because it seems more interesting/fun than installing a mixing valve. I plan to use silicone caulk ...
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How can I eliminate condensation on my toilet tank?

My toilet is getting a great deal of condensation on the tank and dripping onto the floor. What can be done to address condensation on the exterior of a toilet tank?
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Why is there an extra plastic container in my toilet tank?

I recently bought an older house, and the toilet tank is leaking. In exploring the issue and googling around for toilet repair, I saw no mention of one of the parts that is in my toilet tank. Within ...
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What should I do about my toilet flapper sticking open?

The flapper valve in the toilet in my apartment was recently replaced, since it had a small leak. The new one has a perfectly good seal, but sometimes just gets stuck open. It looks like it's just ...
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How do I repair damaged enamel inside my toilet bowl?

There is an area of enamel missing on the bowl of my toilet - just beneath the natural water line. Is it possible to repair it with radiator enamel, or by some other method?
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How do I replace this toilet shutoff valve?

I need to replace a toilet shutoff valve (does not completely stop water flow) as part of process of fixing a leak I saw around the base of my toilet (suspect i need new wax ring??). I bought a new ...
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How can I fix a toilet that flushes incompletely?

The toilet in one of our bathrooms routinely flushes incompletely. It does not clog or back up, but it takes several fill/flush cycles to get all the "material" to go down. It just seems to be weak ...
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How do I install an in-wall tank (wall-hung toilet) with the stack in the way?

Every toilet I've ever worked with (not many, I admit) has a stack in the wall directly behind it, including mine. I'm re-doing my bathroom and I'd like to install a wall-hung toilet. I have 2x4 ...
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Temporary toilet installation

I need to install a toilet in a my house while it is being built. The floor isn't ready yet and won't be for at least a couple of months and right know it is a rough concrete slab. Since the soil ...
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What could cause my toilet to 'Gurgle'?

The last few days the toilets in the house (2 toilets) are making a gurgling noise. When I go and look, I can see the water is standing very low. When I then flush the toilet, the water either keeps ...
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How do I remove the vacuum behind my toilet's flapper valves?

Over the last 12 months, the toilets in my condo have becomes progressively harder and harder to flush. Once the flapper valve finally releases, they flush just fine, but it's getting them to release ...
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Toilet not always flushing fully, what could be wrong?

I have a toilet that about half of the time doesn't flush fully, but will always flush fine on the second attempt. It does this regardless of the "contents" in the bowl. I first took a plunger to it, ...
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What do I do with a sewer pipe (toilet rough-in) full of cement?

I have a problem that is mind boggling. I bought a house and am now just getting ready to put a toilet in the basement, which has a cement slab. I just took the cover off the rough-in expecting the ...
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How can I adjust the depth to which a pneumatic toilet flush button must be pressed?

We have a toilet with the cistern built into a cabinet, with a button on the front to flush it. However, it only seems to flush if you press the button right in (quite deep) and you have to do it ...
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Why won't my toilet flush?

A sewage pump in my basement is 7 feet from the shower drain and 2 feet from the water closet. The only vent is from the sump pump which runs 20 feet horizontally to an outer wall then goes ...
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Why won't my toilet hold the refill water?

I know there are several posts on toilet fill valves and supply lines, but I'm afraid that my issue may be much worse. My toilet was draining slowly so I got a professional grade auger and ran it ...
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What is this pipe called, and how does it work? (Round II)

OK, thanks for people's help on my last question, now I've confused myself again. I came across this picture, similar to the last question, but I don't think it's a cleanout. It looks like a vent to ...
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Why is it bad to flush baby wipes?

I've always heard that you shouldn't flush baby wipes because They don't dissolve in your septic system They can clog old pipes. I currently live in a modern, multi-story apartment building. There ...
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What is the easiest way to tear out a bathroom subfloor?

We recently did some remodeling, and in the process, managed to hook up the toilet in the bathroom to the hot-water line. The trouble is, we discovered this fact after we had already put down the ...
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Will low water use toilets clog more?

I need a toilet for the bathroom off a master bedroom that's being built in my house. Once when my Mother had a plumber in to fix something else, he told her to hang on to her old fashioned toilet as ...
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Can a cracked toilet be permanently repaired?

So I broke the entire corner (top to bottom) off of the tank on my toilet. The toilet was inherited by me in house, which was a foreclosure. It is a one-piece that is valued at $1450. I was ...
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Is there a simple way to retrofit an existing toilet with a top-mounted sink?

I'm looking for a toilet with an integrated sink. I've seen them on rare occasions: flushing the toilet activates the sink, which re-fills the toilet and tank using the water that drains through the ...
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How do I diagnose and fix a toilet blockage

I have a toilet that makes a gurgling noise IF it flushes down. However, at times it will fill up when I flush the toilet and I will see something come up from the bathroom drain. I have tried putting ...
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Is there anything wrong with leaving toilet tank below waterline?

In troubleshooting a problem with recurring flushing (turned out to be a worn out flapper) I lowered the tank water level to about an inch below what the manufacturer marked as the waterline. Flushing ...
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Wax rings flange is to large for the floor drain?

When trying to install a new wax ring with the plastic flange, the plastic flange did not fit in the floor drain hole, is that normal? Should I use 1 or 2 wax rings with out the flange?
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What is the “warm water method” of clearing a clogged toilet?

In this question the OP mentioned that, when having problems with blocked toilet, as his first attempt he tried warm water method. I would like to ask: What is warm water method? For which ...
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Can I connect a drain for my new washing machine to an existing toilet drain?

I would like to add a wash machine to the basement. Near the area of the basement where I'll be adding it is a 4 in drain coming from an upstairs toilet. Can I tap the new drain into the toilet ...
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How do I make a new toilet tank on an old bowl flush properly?

Problem / symptoms: I've bought a new water tank (nothing fancy inside, just what I'd describe as "the usual, run-off-the-mill mechanism"*), but it doesn't flush properly, as it doesn't release enough ...
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When bolting down a porcelain toilet, how tight is “too tight”?

Tightening bolts on the base of a toilet is the one thing about toilet installation that has me the most nervous. They say not to over-tighten, but how tight is too tight before the porcelain is ...
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How can I move a toilet sewer drain in a concrete floor?

The toilet in one of my bathrooms is too close to the shower. I have room and would like to move it about 2 feet. It is also a 14" rough-in and it's hard to find toilets in that size, that are not ...
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Is it a problem that my toilet flange is 3/8" below the surrounding tile?

My tile setter had to elevate the tiles around the toilet hole in order to make up for some unevennesses. As a result, the toilet flange is approx. 3/8" below the surrounding tile. Can that be ...
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What is this pipe called, and how does it work?

I recently saw a plumbing setup where a 2" pipe was run from a bend in the 4" toilet return. The 2" pipe bent upwards to meet the floor next to the toilet, where it was capped off with a removable ...
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How can I remove this flapper alternative?

I had good luck in the past using this product to replace a leaky flapper valve. However, this new toilet does not have a flapper hinge on the base of the flush valve. Instead, there is a ...
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How do I determine which wax ring to use under my toilet?

Other questions almost answer this question. What is the purpose of the flange on the wax ring? I can purchase a ring with or without the flange. How do I know whether to get the standard ring or ...
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How to fix broken toilet flange from over tightened bolt?

I broke my PVC toilet flange when I over-tightened the bolt used to secure the toilet to the flange. How do I fix this without replacing the entire the PVC fitting? This PVC flange is glued to the ...
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How do I get these toilet shut off valve out?

As title says I am trying to figure out how to remove the old shut off valve from the pipe. I've been watching lot of videos, reading up on articles and all seem to deal with compression fit type but ...
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How can I repair my leaky toilet?

Apparently my original toilet valves were cheap because they both had problems and I replaced both with fluidmaster valves some years ago. Two problems were apparent immediately which I solved: ...
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How do I measure for a toilet rough-in?

Is my thinking correct - If I measure from the wall to the bolt cap of my current toilet, which is 12", that means I have a 12" rough-in.
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Do I need to add a vent when moving a toilet drain across the bathroom?

In working on finishing our basement, I've come to the bathroom. It was originally plumbed with the plan of having the fixtures share a common wall (vanity, toilet, then tub). so there is already a ...
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How can I prevent the hose in the toilet tank from popping out of the tubing?

Unfortunately, I do not know the appropriate terminology but, there is a small hose that fits into a tube within a cylindrical container in the toilet tank. When this occurs, I can see initially hear ...
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What could cause bubbling in the downstairs toilet of an urban condo?

About 2 weeks ago, I noticed that the toilet would bubble and, eventually, the water would back up into the shower in the basement of my duplex down condo. What started out as about 12-15 minutes of ...
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Why won't my toilet flush right? Did our plumbers not put something back right?

We've had issues in the past about having the sewage line get backed up. We just had the plumber here almost a week ago to replace the water line. Now our toilet won't flush right. It flushes all ...
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Will the water be able to drain out of a blocked toilet?

Our toilet is backed up and water is filled to the brim but there is nothing else in the bowl. I turned off the water supply for the toilet with the little knob connected to the wall, but will the ...
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What can I do about a toilet drain pipe that is too high above the floor?

My toilet drain pipe protrudes about 1/3" above the floor, and makes the toilet wobbly. What can I do to fix this?
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Is plunging a toilet without a plunger a good tip or a horrible idea?

Read this elsewhere and personally, I thought it was a bad bad bad idea, but I wanted to put this out there to see if I might be mistaken: I learned a quick tip from a handyman on how to create a ...
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How can I remove this toilet shutoff valve?

This valve has a slow leak, and I am trying to replace it. Problem is I can't get the thing off. I am trying to twist the compression nut (the bronze one closest to the white pipe) clockwise while ...